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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Indiana University staff merit awards portraits

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to make portraits of a few Indiana University Bloomington employees who will be honored with staff merit awards next week. For the past several weeks, the only portraits I’ve shot have been lit and in the studio. It was refreshing to grab a 50 mm f/1.2 lens and challenge myself to find clean backgrounds in the environments where these staffers work on campus.

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Gayle Higgins, Ostrom Workshop

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Connie May, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Lee A. Walters, Facility Operations

Indiana University Bloomington Staff Merit Awards

Shing-Shong “Bruce” Shei, Computer Science

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Michigan Women’s Cross Country finishes 2nd at NCAAs

The fifth-ranked Michigan women’s cross country team finished second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Led by a second-place overall finish from Erin Flynn, Michigan narrowly missed a national championship by a single point to Oregon.

Michigan at NCAA Division I Cross County Championships

Michigan’s Erin Finn (260) competes at the NCAA Division I Cross County Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Photo by James Brosher)

Michigan at NCAA Division I Cross County Championships

Michigan runners including Erin Finn, center, sing “Hail to the Victors” after a second-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross County Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Photo by James Brosher)

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Penn wins state soccer championship

Penn Brebeuf Jesuit State Championship

Penn’s Maya Lacognato, right, and Kristina Lynch (24) celebrate a goal against Brebeuf Jesuit during the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

Penn Brebeuf Jesuit State Championship

Penn’s Molly McLaughlin (14) competes for the ball with Brebeuf Jesuit’s Hallie Pearson (19) and Alia Martin (23) during the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mishawaka Marian wins second-straight state soccer title

Mishawaka Marian Providence State Championship

Mishawaka Marian’s Johnathan Tavarez (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against Providence during the IHSAA Class A Boys Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Marian won 4-0. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

Mishawaka Marian Providence State Championship

Mishawaka Marian’s Jordan Morris, top, and Providence’s Nick Berry hit the turf after getting tangled while playing the ball during the IHSAA Class A Boys Soccer State Championship Game on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis. Marian won 4-0. (James Brosher for South Bend Tribune)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Indiana University Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Cheerleaders perform at the pep rally following the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Indiana University Bloomington Homecoming Parade

Indiana University Marching Hundred Drum Major August Merback applauds a passing high school band as he waits to lead the band in the IU Bloomington Homecoming Parade along Woodlawn Avenue on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Indiana Pacers defeat Milwaukee Bucks in Evansville

NBA: Preseason-Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner (33) defends a shot from Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA: Preseason-Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) draws a flagrant foul from Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague (44) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA: Preseason-Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers forward Lavoy Allen (5) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley (9) wait for a free throw at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. (James Brosher/USA TODAY Sports)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Syrian refugees in Indiana

Back in August, I photographed Syrian refugees who have resettled in Indiana for a story in The Washington Post. Their resettlement comes in spite of efforts by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who directed state agencies to halt Syrian resettlement. This week a federal appeals court affirmed a preliminary injunction blocking Pence’s order, dismissing it as “nightmare speculation.”

Malak Assaf

Malak Assaf, 25, poses for a photo in her apartment in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Assaf is a refugee from the war in Syria. (James Brosher for The Washington Post)

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Patient surveys and the opioid epidemic

I spent a few hours back in June shadowing Dr. S. Michael Keller, the emergency room director at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ind. The photos were for a story in The New York Times about patient satisfaction surveys and their effect on the opioid epidemic. Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements were tied to patient satisfaction surveys. The idea of this was to encourage quality care, but many health care professionals argue the surveys incentivized doctors to prescribe powerful and potentially addictive painkillers such as opioids to patients in order to score well on the surveys. Marion General bucked the trend by cutting opioid prescriptions, leading to a drastic drop in the patient satisfaction surveys.

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, examines William Joseph, a patient from Van Buren, Ind., in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. Marion General Hospital urged its doctors to limit opioid prescriptions resulting in lowered patient satisfaction scores, particularly in pain management. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentivizes quality care by rewarding hospitals that score well on patient satisfaction surveys. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

S. Michael Keller

Dr. S. Michael Keller, director of Marion General Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services, speaks with Deseric Inman, a patient from Marion, Ind. experiencing eye discomfort, in the Emergency Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Marion, Ind. (James Brosher for The New York Times)

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